Caine McLeod, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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Major: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Date: May 12, 2018
Not Counted Because: Transferred

I will be the first to tell you I was a “horrible” student in high school. So I lived at home and worked in an aluminum casting plant for three years to save enough to go to college. I  found I wasn’t ready: my grades were low, I didn’t qualify for financial aid, and I had to leave after a year. That’s when I decided to join the Marine Corps. The Marines taught me discipline and that’s what had always been missing when I was in school. I will graduate with a 3.9 average and a degree in industrial engineering. After graduation I will stay in Arkansas, where I have a job lined up as an industrial engineer, overseeing plants in three states.

Graduating with a college degree fulfills a goal I have had since at least high school. The Marine Corps taught me discipline and gave me the confidence to succeed. The University of Arkansas gave me the opportunity to excel. My degree has opened the way for a better life and a meaningful, productive career.